Manual therapy (sometimes called bodywork) is a general term
for treatment performed with the hands and not with any other devices or
machines. The goals of manual therapy include relaxation, decreased pain, and
Manual therapy can include:
- Massage. Pressure is applied to the soft tissues of the body,
such as the muscles. Massage can help relax muscles, increase circulation, and
ease pain in the soft tissues.
- Mobilization. Slow, measured movements are used to twist, pull,
or push bones and joints into position. This can help loosen tight tissues
around a joint and help with flexibility and alignment.
- Manipulation. Rapid, thrusting movements are used to position
the bones and joints. This is a more aggressive therapy.